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LINGUIST List 23.1854

Thu Apr 12 2012

Confs: Semantics, Syntax/Hungary

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Date: 11-Apr-2012
From: Éva Kardos <evikardost-online.hu>
Subject: Debrecen Workshop on Argument Structure
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Debrecen Workshop on Argument Structure
Short Title: WAS


Date: 25-May-2012 - 27-May-2012
Location: Debrecen, Hungary
Contact: Eva Kardos
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Meeting URL: http://was.unideb.hu

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Argument structure is one of the most fundamental, and, at the same time, the most controversial concepts in modern linguistic theory. Whether or not one considers argument structure to be a distinct level of representation, the expression argument structure phenomena functions for all as a pretheoretical cover term that describes a convergent and well-definable space in the grammar of natural languages.

The key issue that we aim to address concerns the amount and the nature of information encoded in lexical representations, and the role these lexical representations play in syntactic structures. The so-called (neo-)constructionist line of inquiry represents a non-lexicalist approach to argument structure (see, for example, Hale & Keyser 1993, Marantz 1997, Arad 1998, and Borer 2005). This camp prefers to vacate the lexicon of possibly all grammatical content except for the core functional vocabulary, and argues that lexical roots are only associated with idiosyncratic semantic information. In this view, argument structure phenomena arise directly in syntax, with the encyclopaedic content of roots playing only a minor role in their determination.

By contrast, lexicalist approaches maintain the notion of an active and a grammatically rich lexicon, and they argue for its decisive role in argument realization (see, for example, Alsina 1996, Butt 1995, Butt & King 2000, Bresnan 2001, Levin & Rappaport Hovav 1995, 2005, Levin 1999, Webelhuth and Ackerman 1998; as well as Müller 2006 and Wechsler 2008 for some recent arguments for the lexicalist position). Argument structure is conceived of as a distinct interface level between the (conceptual) lexicon and syntax in these approaches.

Many others believe that argument structure is a lexical matter in particular respects, while syntax can also play a well-defined role in its determination. Reinhart and Siloni (2005), for example, argue for the parametrization of certain argument structure operations along the lexicon/syntax divide (see also Reinhart 2002, Everaert et al. to appear; as well as Horvath & Siloni to appear, who argue in detail for the position of argument structure being in part a lexical and in part a syntactic matter). Yet others, like Ramchand (2008), believe that though argument structure is in syntax, lexical roots do carry syntactic features which are directly relevant to their syntactic realization.

Besides the basic issue of the locus of representation, another dimension of argument structure investigation concerns the status and the nature of semantic roles as determinants of argument structure. There are competing hypotheses about the specific content of role inventories and the correct diagnostics for identifying them (see Levin & Rappaport Hovav 2005), as well as about the organization of roles into hierarchies (Gruber 1965, Fillmore 1968, Jackendoff 1972, 1976, Baker 1988, Bresnan 2001). Relatedly, there are different perspectives on whether semantic roles should be viewed as atomic notions (possibly represented as binary features, see Reinhart 2002), or whether they are best conceived of as collections of properties entailed by predicates (Dowty 1991, Ackerman and Moore 2001, Beavers 2006, 2010). These are all core issues bearing on the nature of grammar design and the architectures appropriate to model it.

Invited Speakers:

John Beavers (The University of Texas at Austin)
Katalin É. Kiss (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Pázmány Péter Catholic University)
Louisa Sadler (University of Essex)
Balázs Surányi (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Pázmány Péter Catholic University)


The preliminary program of the Debrecen Workshop on Argument Structure
University of Debrecen, May 25-27, 2012

May 25, Friday
9:00 - 10:00
Registration

10:00 - 10:15
Opening remarks

10:15 - 11:15
Invited talk by Louisa Sadler (University of Essex): TBA

11:15 - 12:00
Júlia Bácskai-Atkári (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Arguments of adjectives in degree expressions

12:00 - 13:30
Lunch break

13:30 - 14:15
Niina Ning Zhang (National Chung-Cheng University): Times, arguments, and the projection of VP shells

14:15 - 15:00
Artemis Alexiadou, Gianina Iordachioaia, Fabienne Martin, Florian Schäfer (University of Stuttgart), and Mariangeles Cano (University of Madrid): External arguments in derived nominals

15:00 - 15:45
Mikhail Knyazev (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics): Sentential arguments are DPs: evidence from nominalization

15:45 - 16:15
Coffee break

16:15 - 17:00
Nora Boneh (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Léa Nash (Université Paris 8 / CNRS UMR 7023): Paths to datives

17:00 - 17:45
Héctor Fernández-Alcalde (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / CCHS-CSIC): Dative case, prepositions, and argument structure in Spanish

May 26, Saturday

9:30 - 10:30
Invited talk by Balázs Surányi (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Pázmány Péter Catholic University): TBA

10:30 - 11:15
Inna Tolskaya (CASTL, UiT): Verbal prefixes in Russian: conceptual structure versus syntax

11:15 - 12:00
Víctor Acedo-Matellán and Cristina Real-Puigdollers (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona): Aspectual and quantificational properties of locative verbs

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch break

13:00 - 13:45
Christopher Piñón (Université de Lille 3 / STL UMR 8163): The reflexive impersonal construction in Polish

13:45 - 14:30
Alexis Dimitriadis and Martin Everaert (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS): Characterizing reflexivization: semantic and syntactic perspectives

14:30 - 14:45
Coffee break

14:45 - 15:30
Attila Cserép (University of Debrecen): Idiom passivization from a cognitive linguistic viewpoint

15:30 - 16:15
Tetsuya Kogusuri (Daito Bunka University): The passive of the gesture expression construction: event structure and discourse function

16:30
Departure for wine tasting and dinner in Tokaj/Bodrogkisfalud

May 27, Sunday

9:30 - 10:30
Invited talk by Katalin É. Kiss (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Pázmány Péter Catholic University): Ways of licensing external possessors

10:30 - 11:15
Eduardo Soares (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul): Nonaffected incremental themes: the case of verbs of creation

11:15 - 12:00
Razieh Shojaei, Gholamhossein Karimi-Doostan, and Ali Safari (Tehran University): A-structure alternation in Persian LVCs

12:00 - 13:30
Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30
Invited talk by John Beavers (The University of Texas at Austin): TBA

14:30 - 15:15
Joseph Potashnik (Tel Aviv University): Constraining the unaccusative alternation

15:15 - 15:30
Coffee break

15:30 - 16:15
Orsolya Tánczos (Pázmány Péter Catholic University): Causative constructions in the Udmurt language

16:15 - 17:00
Balkiz Ozturk and Eser Erguvanli Taylan (Bogazici University): Transitivity in Pazar Laz

Alternates:
1. Enikő Kovács: The structure of the mental lexicon, a lexicalist viewpoint
2. Ana Paula Scher (University of São Paulo), Alessandro Boechat De Medeiros (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Rafael Dias Minussi (University of São Paulo):
Argument Structure in Distributed Morphology: evidence from Brazilian Portuguese
3. Maryse Grône (Paris Diderot University): The influence of volitionality on the acceptability of unaccusatives and passives in the resultative construction in English



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